This summer, the City of Pittsfield is pleased to host several interns in various city departments. As part of this effort, we’ve conducted brief interviews with each of them to showcase their various talents and interests.
Today’s profile features Mahad Ali an intern in the IT Department.
Please indicate your current school and major. What made you choose your major/minor?
I am a rising senior at Taconic High School. I am currently undecided on my major or college of choice, I am hoping to get real world experience through internships before conclusively choosing any one field.
I was born abroad but moved to Pittsfield when I was about 8 years old. I consider Pittsfield to be my hometown, because it is the city where I grew up.
What made you chose the City of Pittsfield for your internship? Feel free to indicate anything else regarding your interest in local government.
I was interested in the behind-the-scenes aspect of city government and the technology that went into running it. I also wanted to see what working in an actual IT department was like.
Tell us what you’ve been busy working on so far during your internship.
During my internship, I have done many interesting things. Namely, learning the ins and outs of a technology-specialized department and learning to use modern technology and implementing it to meet organizational needs.
What’s an accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I am most proud of learning how to test operating systems and software for enterprise deployment. I had no idea how much detail went into preparing systems for use in a business environment.
What are your future plans?
I am currently in the process of selecting a college to attend after I graduate from Taconic in 2020.
To date, the series has showcased interns Sarah Stapleton, of the Health Department; Petrea Mannello, of Community Department; and Emma Bartini, of the Engineering Department.